Sensitive periods in both L1 and L2

  • The keynote article (Mayberry & Kluender, 2017) makes an important contribution to questions concerning the existence and characteristics of sensitive periods in language acquisition. Specifically, by comparing groups of non-native L1 and L2 signers, the authors have been able to ingeniously disentangle the effects of maturation from those of early language exposure. Based on L1 versus L2 contrasts, the paper convincingly argues that L2 learning is a less clear test of sensitive periods. Nevertheless, we believe Mayberry and Kluender underestimate the evidence for maturational factors in L2 learning, especially that coming from recent research.

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Author details:João Marques VerissimoORCiDGND
Title of parent work (English):Bilingualism : language and cognition
Subtitle (English):Some conceptual and methodological suggestions
Publisher:Cambridge Univ. Press
Place of publishing:New York
Publication type:Other
Year of first publication:2017
Completion year:2017
Release date:2021/07/19
Tag:age of acquisition; bilingualism; critical period for language; language acquisition; sensitive periods
Number of pages:2
First page:932
Last Page:933
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Strukturbereich Kognitionswissenschaften / Department Linguistik
DDC classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Peer review:Referiert
Publishing method:Open Access / Bronze Open-Access